Hey guys and welcome to Blogmas day 21
In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing with you my Christmas day routine. This is how the big day usually goes for me and all the things I get up to. I hope you enjoy.
Breakfast for the Animals
As any of my fellow animal lovers/pet owners will know, one of the first thing that must be done in the morning is of course the animals have to be fed. I personally own two cats and a horse and every morning they get their breakfast and cuddles. They will get their Christmas presents later in the day- yes, I buy my animals Christmas presents. They are, in my mind, part of the family too.
I know I could be forgiven for skipping exercise on Christmas day but I actually love to start the morning with a run. I’ve always been an early riser and I’ve always liked to use this to my advantage by working out early in the day and having it done. Running is one of my favourite forms of exercise. I find it really freeing; it’s just you and the road. It gives you a chance to just empty your head of all the stress and pressures of life and just be completely free for a bit. It’s also a real mood booster and it also means I’m less likely to feel guilty about overdoing it on the Christmas dinner.
The mother of all baths that is. I’m talking bubbles, bath bombs, bath oils, face masks, body cream, spa music playing the backgrounds, candles. For this, I always go all out and why not. Usually at this stage of the morning (and it will still be very early at this point), I’m still the only one who’s up. No one else has surfaced from their sleep yet at this time usually. So why not make the most of the opportunity and indulge in a proper pamper.
Hair and make up
Usually when I’m at home I have a minimalistic approach to hair and make up and when I say minimalistic I mean the hair gets threw up in a ponytail and the makeup bag doesn’t make an appearance. But as it’s Christmas, and I do like to take some nice pictures through the course of the day, I think it pays to have a little bit of make up on and do something different yet simple with the hair.
All I will do usually is put a few waves in my hair using a curling wand and apply my usual make up combined with a gold eye shadow and a red lip. (I’ll list any products I refer to throughout this post down at the bottom). Then once I’ve taken a cheeky Christmas selfie, I’m ready to crack on with the day.
Breakfast for the family
As you all know I love to cook and I particularly love cooking breakfast for my family at Christmas. It just brings me so much joy to see everyone sitting round the table on Christmas morning having breakfast together as a family.
I usually make up a sort of buffet style breakfast where everything is just served up on Christmas platters and everyone can help themselves. Pots of tea and coffee on the go, French pastries, bucksfizz served in flute glasses, bacon, pancakes, scrambled eggs. I know it’s probably excessive and over the top but if you love to cook for people and it really brings you happiness then why not.
Plus, in my house if you do the cooking someone else has to do the washing up so I may have rigged the game there a little bit.
Presents for pets
To be honest, if I had my way we would do presents with the family first thing in the morning but my Mum prefers to wait to the middle of the afternoon. She thinks if you do presents too soon in the day there’s no festive joy in the rest of the day. I think she’s crazy. In fact, let me know in the comments during which stage of the day you guys would open your presents. I’d be very intrigued to find out.
Anyway, as the family don’t want to do presents in the morning, it gives me the perfect opportunity to give my animals their presents. Typically, this will start with the cats getting their Christmas goodies from Santa. This will usually involves little treats and toys. I have to say the world of Christmas presents for animals has really come along way. You can even get advent calendars and stockings now. Pets at Home is my go to place for this type of thing. I will leave a link to the Christmas range at the bottom of this post.
I would say though it’s harder to get Christmas themed gifts for horses. In fact, if anyone know where festive themed gifts for horses can be got, drop me a link in the comments as I would love to check it out. What my gorgeous horse usually gets is some treats, mineral licks and maybe some new grooming brushes or a new rug.
I think the animals in our lives play such a massive part and I think it’s only fair to give them something back on Christmas day.
Again with the food but I love it and would not have it any other way. Mum and I always take responsibility for the Christmas dinner and, when it comes to food, we are both such perfectionists everything has to be just so. Now, of course, that very rarely happens. There’s always something to disturb that. It could be a relative who’s called to wish you a Merry Christmas but they’ve kept you on the phone so long your roast potatoes wind up being just plain roasted. Or it could be someone coming into the kitchen trying to hog the hob so your sprouts wind up being served half raw because everything else was cooked and you didn’t want to wait on them.
I suppose it’s just one of those Christmas realities isn’t it. There’s always something that doesn’t go quite right and quite often there’s more arguments than enough in the run up to it. But we continue to celebrate it, each year, every year and that’s because no matter how high the stacks of dishes get or how low we can feel when we wish we could be sharing our Christmas with someone who isn’t here anymore, Christmas is a time unlike any other in how it brings family, friends, colleagues or, on occasion, even enemies together. It truly is a beautiful time of year.
Presents with the family
Finally, when dinners cooking, we get round to doing presents. I love this part of the day because I prefer giving presents than receiving them. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to put a smile on someone’s face on Christmas day. What I’ve found to be true, with my family at least, is that you don’t have to buy expensive luxury products to show someone you care at Christmas. Sometimes it can be the simplest, most inexpensive thing you could give someone. But if it means something to them, it will strike a chord more than any $1000 handbag ever could and they might just be even more touched and grateful for it.
Don’t forget, I have done a number of gift guides as part of Blogmas so be sure to check them out.
Enter food coma
What else would you be doing after eating Christmas dinner but entering a food coma? I don’t think I need to explain what a Christmas food coma is, do I? Basically, it involves lying on the sofa in front of a Christmas film unable to move for several hours.
Have a quick tidy up
Yes okay tidying is neither exciting nor festive. But you can’t leave mountains of Christmas paper lying around for people to fall over. So grab a cardboard box and give the place a once over. You never know when guests will make an appearance over the holidays and, while it’s unlikely they’d show up on the big day itself, I always think it’s better prepared.
This is also the time of day when I will try and set up any electrical products I’ve received. Whether that’s a new games console or a new coffee machine, I always like to have play around with these types of things first so I’m sure I know how to work them.
Get ready to head out
As I’ve already beautified myself in the morning, this stage just involves topping up my make up and, if necessary, going back in with the curling wand to add some definition to the waves I put in earlier, (as it’s very possible they will have turned to frizz at this point in the day). On Christmas night, I usually wind up to going to my Nan’s with the family so obviously I have to make sure I have her present sitting by the door so I can grab it before we leave.
The family reunited
Christmas night at Nanny’s is such a fabulous time. All my aunties, uncles and cousins are there, I get to have Christmas cuddles with her two lovely dogs and it’s just such a nice opportunity to catch up with everyone. This is pretty much the only time of year when the family in its entirety comes together so it’s nice to just have a couple of drinks, maybe a few mince pies and just catch up with everyone.
Once I get home from my Nan’s, I’m usually knackered (and admittedly slightly tipsy). So, at this point I love to sit down with a cup of tea and some turkey sandwiches and just lie back with yet another Christmas film. I always make sure, as well, that I end the night with a little Baileys on ice. It’s just such a comforting drink and so cooling after having been engulfed in the heat that comes with a party. Once I get that done, it’s make up off, jammies on and off to bed feeling so content and thankful for all the wonderful people I have in my life.
So there you have it folks; my Christmas day routine. I hope you enjoyed it and let me know in the comments how you spend Christmas day. I’ll chat to you again soon.
With love this Christmas,
Pets at Home Christmas range; http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/christmas-shop
Urban Decay Half baked eyeshadow; https://www.urbandecay.co.uk/en_GB/eyes/eyeshadow/eyeshadow/328.html#start=29&cgid=1_502
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in 714; https://www.urbandecay.co.uk/en_GB/lips/lipstick/vice-liquid-lipstick/ud812.html#start=14&cgid=2_510
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lipstick in Envious; https://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/649/29657/product-catalog/makeup/lips/lipsticks/pure-color-envy/sculpting-lipstick#/shade/Envious
Babyliss Tight Curls Wand; https://www.babyliss.co.uk/tight-curls-wand-2385U.html#start=27